Abia State:  The state government has warned all medical doctors in the state, who allegedly abandon their statutory duties for private practice that those caught, would be sanctioned. The commissioner for Health, Dr  John Ahukanna said the ministry was disturbed  by the attitude of  some doctors, who  instead of working conscientiously in the hospitals they are posted to, spend more time in their private clinics.  Dr. Ahukanna appealed for a change of attitude to work and more commitment to their statutory duties warning that if there was no appreciable change sanctions would be the appropriate option.  In his brief with the newsmen, in Umuahia,  the  commissioner disclosed that the ministry has given the newly constituted Hospitals Management Board  directive to constitute a monitoring team to supervise the activities of the doctors  and other health workers in government health institutions and report  regularly to him for appropriate action. He also frowned at the over bloated work force at the state Hospital Management Board which he said is  not justifiable in terms of productivity adding that government “cannot continue to waste resources on redundant workers.” The commissioner added that the state government has stepped up measures to make the hospitals  and other health facilities  in the state functional and give optimal services to the people. He said the  government  has embarked on the construction four residential  quarters for doctors with utilities  like bore holes, and electricity  adding  that the quarters are located at Okeikpe,  Arochukwu, Ikwuano, and Obingwa local government areas. Dr Ahukanna said that it has  become necessary to rekindle the confidence of the Abia residents in the government hospitals through the provision of enough  qualified medical staff and equipment.

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